“Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
The disciples were confused and perhaps they did not even know what they were looking for, what to expect or what were they
supposed to do now and in the future.
Nevertheless He was not dead, He had risen and this was not the end but the beginning of a pilgrimage marked by our inner struggle.
God was not done with us yet. This was the doorway from death to life “from Glory to Glory”. This was our rebirth as a new person
about whom St. Irenaeus says this, “The Glory of God is a living person and the life of the person is the vision of God”.
God’s vision had been fulfilled we were brought “from non being in to being” and that was not for mere biological existence. God
chose us for a life of which the ultimate end is participation in the eternal glory of the risen Christ, “in the inheritance of the saints in
light”. (Col 1:12, Eph. 1:18) Created by God as the most sublime expression of his love, we are called to enjoy everlasting communion
with him in the fellowship of those who reflect his radiant sanctity.
By means of what St. Irenaeus called his “two hands” –the Son and the Spirit,- God the Father assumes and embraces human life
filling it with his attributes of love, power, justice, goodness and beauty.
“Truly, truly I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life…has passed from death to life”
According to the teaching of the Church fathers, our primal vocation or calling is to participate in divine life itself, to “ascend to the
house of our God,” where we shall enjoy eternal communion with the three persons of the Holy Trinity.
The Apostle Paul, like the evangelist John, speaks of the kingdom of God as a reality that is presently accessible to us: the kingdom is
“among” us, “in our midst” or even “within” the depth of our being. Although its fullness can only be known after our physical death,
our present life within the Church offers us a very real foretaste of the ineffable joy to come. It is a present reality, inaugurated by
baptism and nourished by communion in the Body and the Blood of the glorified Lord.
It is a “sacramental” reality that radically transforms our understanding of the origin and the ultimate destiny of human existence. “We
are not our own, we were bought with a price”. (1 Cor. 6-19) We can attain to divine sanctity through the exercise of faithful
stewardship, offering “ourselves and each other and all our life to Christ our God.
Christian stewardship suggests that we “render unto God that which is God’s” and the parable of the talents makes clear, that
stewardship of this kind involves not mere caretaking but the bearing of fruit.
Acquisition of sanctity, therefore, requires our active participation or cooperation with divine grace that involves “putting off the old
Adam” and putting on the new”. St Paul expresses the dynamic quality of this ongoing inner conversion in these terms: “Put off your
old nature which belongs to your former manner of life ….put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true
righteousness and holiness”(Eph 4:22-24), because
Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs
|He is not here but has risen. (Luke 24-5)